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the united arabs pledged money. >> there's no milita solution. this should be resolved through political solution. french troops are gaining ground in mali. they have taken control of the airport near algeria. french troops launched an operation three weeks ago. mali is a former frempnch colon. arabs have been kidnapped suspected of having links to the rebels and they have ramsacked shops. they sent a threat in nigeria. >>> three chinese naval vsels have left for exeises i the western pacific ocean be comments fueled concerns among china ea china's neighbors over how the military will deal with the number of territory disputes. >>> people living in china know the air they have been breathing is bad. they've created a higher smog alert to track air pollution. the aunt of high particulate air has been high. an increasing number of chinese are suffering from respiratory problems. they decided to add a third level to their two-level smog alert. the highest warning now advises people to stay indoors. >> translator: i can't stand it anymore. i want to leave this place. >> translator: it's the
responds likewise. delegates at the united nations have agreed to expand sanctions on north korea. the security council condemned a rocket launch there last month. chinese delegates have long provided diplomatic protection for their north korean allies. but they approved the resolution and members adopted it unanimously. the statement criticizes the launch as a violation of previous resolutions. the security council will add organizations and individuals to lists of existing sanctions and freeze their assets. the north korean space agency is among those named. >> today's resolution also makes clear that if north korea chooses again to defy the international community such as by conducting another launch or a nuclear test then the council will take significant action. >> american delegates told the chinese the resolution would not bring in new measures but would build existing sanctions. those assurances convinced the chinese to approve the resolution. >> and we believe that there's opportunity for all stakeholders of the peninsula, korean peninsula, to start a diplomatic track an
'll give top priority to strengthening the japan/u.s. alliance. he said he hopes to visit the united states soon for a summit with president barack obama. >> translator: through the meeting i want to show my country and also the world that the strong bond between japan and the u.s. has been restored. >> abe said japanese and u.s. officials are now working out the timing of his visit. >>> people in japan are getting back to the grind after the new year holidays, streets, trains and offices were full on friday across the country. residents in the northeast are heading into 2013 facing the work they left behind by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident. people who went to the first auction the year at this market in iwaty prefecture are still seeing fewer fish than they did before the disaster. market spokespersons say the catch between april and december last year is almost 90% of what it used to be. still bidders were able to buy salmon, scallops and other fish on friday. >> translator: i'm very happy that we can hold new year's opening sales as usual. >> reconstruction minister g
sectors. that became a place whereby these former conflicting parties could be united and to communicate with each other. >> seya never thought destiny would take her to the world's conflict zones. but it was this photo of the rwandan genocide that changed her life at 17. >> if i was taking this photo, i would have to give whatever food i had to them, but ultimately it is not the solution, so what could we do? i did not have the answer. >> reporter: so she began searching, and for 15 years she hasn't stopped. she's devoted herself to peace through many organizations, including the jccp. the group has completed dozens of missions. but seya says there are limits to the success. >> i was in somalia training the local youth for them to be able to assess the risks in their community for certain projects. during that exercise, there was a somalian lady who showed death. i felt that even if we managed to create something positive in the community, there are some situations we cannot really save everything. >> reporter: yet she carries on, knowing each project brings a glimmer of hope. when do y
to halt fighting. morsi met iranian foreign minister in cairo on thursday. like the united states and gulf nations egyptian is urging assad to resign and supports the opposition but iran is backing the assad administration with russia. after the meeting they held a news conference. >> translator: to solve the situation in syria iran's cooperation is necessary. >> translator: the situation in syria should be solved by syrian, not by intervention from other countries. >> iran will cooperate with egypt. they will support mediation efforts by the un. >>> the public standoff between journalists and government officials is making more headlines. staff say they were censored. they have used their latest edition to take a jab at the communist party. >> reporter: the southern best weekly published its second edition on thursday. >> translator: i came to buy the news to know what's happening and to know the truth. >> translator: media restrictions are getting tighter. >> reporter: they did not run a story detailing their complaint. editors wrote even though the party had the right to control the med
authorities in the united states and japan are keeping in closer contact these days. most of their discussions involve the 787 dreamliner. the boeing-made plane has been grounded, following a series of problems. the biggest involves the jet's batteries. nhk world brings us up to speed on the investigation. >> reporter: investigators with the u.s. national transportation safety board have spent hours picking through the remains of a japan airlines 787 battery, hoping to find out why it caught fire earlier this month, while the plane was on the tarmac in boston. >> we do not expect to see fire events on board aircrafts. this is a very serious air safety concern. >> reporter: the lithium ion batteries play a key role in improving the 787's fuel efficiency. dreamliners have two sets of them. one is under the cockpit and provides backup energy in an emergency. the other is under the passenger cabin. it starts the jet's engines. the eight-cell batteries weigh half as much as conventional motors but provide the same amount of power. the problem is, they are more susceptible to catching fire when they
they can overheat if exposed to electric currents beyond their design specifications. united airlines, air indian and a chilean airway ground their 787 fleets. the u.s. and japan are conducting investigations. boeing's spokespersons are committed to finding answers as quickly as possible. they say they have so far received orders for 848 dreamliners from more than 50 airlines worldwide. >>> the last japanese leadership focused on cutting wasteful spending but abe's administration wants to put the focus on growth and spend where necessary. ron madison is here with more on that. ron? >> yeah, the budget certainly has taken center stage with prime abe taking office three weeks ago. now a japanese government panel has drafted a guide line for compiling next year's budget. it states that national bond issue wants should be kept to a min ma'am. no cap was given, though. according to a draft obtained by nhk, members of the council of economic and fiscal policy call for a budget that would significantly intensify reconstruction efforts from the march 2011 disaster. it says the budget process shoul
. >>> people in the united amariter are worried about their exports. the train on the supply is growing. now this fossil fuel driven nation is considering alternatives. >> reporter: an international exhibition is under way focusing on water supplies and renewable energy. the crown prince of the united arab emirates says they realize they have a limit. >> translator: the united arab emirates has been providing the world with energy for half a century. we'll continue our efforts to provide a stable supply. it's our responsibility as a member of the international community. >> reporter: what prompted the concern is an impending sense of crisis. the gulf nation could lose its status as one of the world's leading oil producers. in 2011, the uae was seventh in terms of production but energy demands in the nation amounting in the face of rapid urbanization and a growing population. one of the most pressing issues is the secure enough electricity to convert sea water into fresh water. the country gets much of its water from the sea but surging water consumption now has the uae using 70% of its elect
in recent days may have made the situation worse. japan, the united states and other nations use strict environmental regulations to control the levels of fine particulate matter. the chinese government set its own standards in february of last year after a wave of criticism both at home and abroad. but public discontent continues to grow, mainly in urban areas, as authorities in china struggle to clear the air. >>> parents wo who last their children in a mass shooting in connecticut are demanding stricter gun control. the gunman killed 20 children and six adults. sandy hook elementary school remain closed. stu students returned to class earlier this month at a different building. >> this is a promise to turn the conversations into action. things must change. this is the time. this is a promise we make to our precious children. >> i would respectfully request that every parent in this country who hears these words simply pause for a moment and think, ask yourself, what is it worth doing to keep your children safe. >> president barack obama says he plans to announce new gun control measu
the rallies. the united states criticized the chinese government over the alleged censorship. foreign ministry spokesperson hong lei told the country to mind its own business. >> translator: let me point out views and criticisms from overseas. other countries should not interfere with china's internal affairs. >> another newspaper is continuing to play a role in this censorship fight. the beijing news ran text of a speech by its publisher saying the daily will continue to faithfully record every page of china's history. >>> the united nations and arab league envoy to syria is la meanting what he calls a lost opportunity to end the civil war. lakdar brahimi has been trying to find a way to bring government and opposition leaders today. president bashar al assad has refused to negotiate. assad addressed his supporters on sunday. he proposed a new constitution and a national referendum to approve it. he branded his opponents puppets of the west. brahimi met with assad last month telling the bbc the president's proposals are no different from ones he's put forward before. >> i think that what peop
said he hopes to visit the united states soon for a summit with president barack obama. >> translator: through the meeting i want to show my country and also the world that the strong bond between japan and the u.s. has been restored. >> abe said japanese and u.s. officials are now working out the timing of his visit. prime minister abe's special envoy conveyed the willingness to improve ties with south korea. the president-elect park gave a positive response. they pointed out the need to face bilateral issues. abe hopes the new governments can build good relations. he handed park a letter from the prime minister expressing the wish. park said south korea and japan need each other in many ways. she said she hopes to work on reconciliation and cooperation while facing issues related to their common history. >> translator: we confirmed our shared view that we should improve ties from a broad perspective, even though there are several outstanding bilateral issues. >>> south korean president lee myung-bak visited disputed islands in the sea of japan last august. japan claims the islands w
by terrorists. but the human rights activists says militia supporting assad abducted the victims. the united nations and arab league envoy to syria warns the country is breaking up before everybody's eyes. lakhdar brahimi is urging the security council to do something now. >> syrian has been destroyed bit by bit. and in destroying syria, the region is being pushed into a situation that is extremely bad and extremely important for the entire world. >> brahimi wants the council to take concrete action. security council has been divided on this conflict. the united states and other western countries have demanded president assad step down. russia and china have close ties with his administration. their leaders oppose international intervention in syria's domestic affairs. >>> a new survey suggests even people in countries considered to have a free press shouldn't take it for granted. reporters without borders released its annual survey assessing the commitment by governments to protect freedom of the press. japan plunged 31 spots to 53rd place out of 179 countries and territories. the nonprofit
is the united states, the sworn enemy of the korean people. >> the country's space agency launched a rocket last month. authorities claimed it was to orbit a satellite but other countries say north koreans were testing long-range ballistic missile technology. scientists in the north half carried out two previous nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. experts have been suggesting for weeks that they could be preparing for a third. the united nations resolutions ban north korea from developing missile and nuclear technology. on tuesday the security council condemned the latest rocket launch and expanded its existing sanctions. the latest north korean statement says the country flatly rejects all u.n. security council resolutions. it also says that no dialogue on the denuclearization of the korean peninsula will be possible in the future. >>> but u.s. officials say some sort of dialogue has to happen on the korean peninsula before they engage in direct talks with the north. analysts say the north koreans are applying pressure to speed things along, but a senior american diplomat is urging them to first im
we might have between the two countries. >>> the united states has imposed additional economic penalties on north korea in response to its rocket launch in december. the move is in line with sanctions the u.n. security council put in place. the u.n. resolution extends sanctions to four individuals and six organizations. they include the korean committee for space technology, that's north korea's space agency. their assets will be frozen. the individuals will also face a travel ban. the u.s. state department said they are adding the space agency and two related individuals to their sanction list. the u.s. treasury department black listed two beijing based representatives of a north korean bank and a hong kong based trading company. a spokesperson for the department said it's imposing further restrictions on entities that support the north's nuclear program. it wants to restrict the country's ability to use the international financial system for illicit purposes. north korean authorities responded to the united nations sanctions by announcing they will carry out a nuclear test of
, the united states, france and other countries. french forces have moved into neighboring malia. they are retailuatiliating for t of those operations. thnews agency dna says the militants have threatened to blow up the site if authorities try to intervene. the press service says the hostage takers have begun to release algerian workers in groups. security forces have surrounded facility. the state television was told the government would not negotiate with terrorists and was ready to authorize an attack. >>> u.s. president barack obama has urged congress to pass gun control laws the move follows last month fatal shooting of 26 people in connecticut. >> this time must be different. this time we must do something to protect our communities and our kids. >> obama wants is federal government to provide background information on potential gun buyers. the proposals would provide financial assistance to help schools beef up security. these measures are within the frame work of existing legislate. obama said new laws are also needed to effectively addre gun crime. he proposed a ban on m
'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. >>> japanese prime minister shinzo abe wanted to make the united states his first foreign visit since retaking office. but he had to give up on that because of scheduling conflicts. so he's taking time instead to visit japan's neighbors. he'll head next week to indonesia, thailand, and vietnam. abe wants to strengthen cooperation among southeast asian nations. several of them are caught up in territorial disputes with china. and security analysts say abe wants to keep china in check. u.s. state department spokeswoman victoria nuland said officials on both sides are still work out the detail of abe's visit to washington. she said secretary of state hillary clinton will meet next week with japanese foreign minister fumeio kishida. nuland said clinton spoke with kishida over the phone and repeated the stance on the senkaku islands in the east china sea. clinton said the islands are covered by the security treaty between the two countries. nuland said clinton urged chinese and japanese diplomats to hold talks to resolve the issue. >>> now, before abe heads off, h
a ministry says the construction of 828,000 unites started across the nation last year, that's up 5.8% from 2011. the ministry says the rise is due to low-interest rates on home mortgages. housing starts have been above 1 million units until the collapse of lehman brothers in 2008 that triggered the financial crisis. the ministry says it will match the impact on the housing market of an economic stimulus announced this month. the officials say another focus will be whether the consumption tax hike scheduled for april next year will spur last-minute purchases of homes. >>> officials from a japanese car industry organization expect domestic sales of new vehicles this year to be lower than 2012. the japan automobile manufacturers association has put its forecast for 2013 at 4.7 million units. that's down 11.7% or 630,000 units when compared with the year ago. the figure represents the first decline in two years. officials of the association say demand has slackened after government subsidies for buyers of eco-friendly vehicles expired last september. they also project last-minute buying is not
in tokyo. politicians and pundits have warned for months of the dangers as the united states pushed closer to the fiscal cliff. they warned simultaneous tax increases and spending cuts would push the economy back into recession. members of the senate passed a bill aimed at steering the country away from the edge. but lawmakers in the house of representatives say they don't like the deal. the senate sent the bill to the republican-dominated house early on tuesday. it would raise taxes on people who made $400,000 or more and couples that earn $450,000 or more. it maintains tax cuts for the middle class. the bill postpones by two months major spending cuts scheduled to start on wednesday. house democratic leader nancy pelosi called for a bipartisan agreement to head quickly to a vote. but house speaker john boehner said many republicans are unhappy and want to rework the bill. they're calling for more cuts to social security. that could set up a showdown with the senate and risk turmoil on financial markets. >>> iran's navy conducted a six-day drill near the strait of hormuz in the persian gu
the united states. she used those visits to seek international support for reform in myanmar. >>> afghanistan's president hamid karzai is meeting barack obama at the white house on friday. it will be a critical meeting to negotiate the scale of any long-term u.s. military presence in the war-torn country. ahead of those talks karzai on thursday met with leon panetta at the pentagon. the secretary of defense says the military campaign is reaching its final chapter. >> after a long and difficult task, we finally are, i believe, at the last chapter of establishing an afghanistan, a sovereign afghanistan, that can govern and secure itself for the future. >> afghanistan will, with the help that they provide be able to provide security to its people and to protect its borders. >> panetta said he and karzai made good progress but he declined to say whether they had agreed the size of the u.s. force that will remain in afghanistan. >> after a long and difficult path, we are finally, i believe, at the last chapter of establishing in afghanistan, a sovereign afghanistan that can govern and secure itsel
activity by china and security concerns from north korea. he's planning to visit the united states at an early date to meet president obama so he can build a relationship of trust with him. the prime minister wants to confirm with obama that the realignment of u.s. forces in japan should be carried out. the obama administration wants japan to join the talks aimed at creating a free trade zone but abe's government faces strong opposition from the domestic farm lobby and other groups. these have led some government officials to call for caution in setting the timing of abe's trip to the united states. >>> a people tested by politics and history. innovators whose technology spread around the borworld. these are the faces of south korea. nhk world updates you on what's happening across the peninsula. >>> south korea and japan have decided its time to talk. the talks are seen as the start of attempts by the country's two new leaders to include frayed relations. during her election campaign puck said she viewed japan as a friendly nation and stressed the need to conclude an economic part
faithfully swear. that will i will execute the president of office of united states. >> obama described his priori priorities for the second term. he said prosperity must rest on the shoulders of a rising middle class. >> no single person can give our children what they need for the future or build the roads and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. we must do these things as one nation and one people. >> obama begins his term with several battles looming. he's try to work with the republicans to revamp laws and avoid defaulting on the national debt. ♪ and the rockets red glare ♪ the bombs bursting in air >> pop star beyonce sang the national anthem. her performance capped off the proceedings of the inaugural parade. then the president walked the route from the capitol building down pennsylvania avenue to the white house. his first inauguration true almost two million people. this time an estimated 700,000 turned out. >>> algerians are counting the human cost of a four day stand off after a natural gas facility. the victims were from eight countries. >> tr
will recover more slowly than previously expected. the imf's growth forecast for the united states is 2%. that's as long as the country contains its fiscal crisis including the debt ceiling and fiscal growth. the imf has mained growth outlook for the japanese economy for 1.2% this year. they were warned about the risks of accumulating debt without consolidation measures. >> when the countries start with ray otio of debt to gdp, in bot cases it's much above. we vowed a clear plan for fiscal consolidation over the next five, ten years, it seems to many to be quite dangerous to increase the fiscal deficit. >> the u.s. house of representatives have agreed to raise the debt ceiling until may 18th. the bill will prevent the government from defaulting on its debt. the bill passed the house on wednesday ter t republican majority changed its stance. republicans said they would not approve the bill unless the government made more cuts to social programs. republicans had public criticism that they were not consider the markets on a financial default. john boehner said to show the american people that it
. and a hardline stance would put a strain on israel's relations with united states and ordinations. >> netanyahu has cited iran's nuclear development as the biggest post-election challenge. how will he deal with that issue? >> his administration has not ruled out a preemptive strike if iran proceeds with its nuclear development. after exit polls projected his victory, netanyahu stressed again that israel must keep iran in check. >> translator: our biggest challenge remains, preventing iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. >> but if israeli leaders resort to unilateral action in iran, they risk isolation and could further destabilize the region. whatever the composition of the incoming coalition, the focus wa continue to be on what prime minister netanyahu would say and do. >> all right, thanks, akira. nhk world's akira saheki in jerusalem. >>> japanese safety regulators say there's no evidence that battery that caught fire last week in a boeing 787 dreamliner was overcharged. investigators initially speculated excessive voltage sparked the fire, forcing the plane's crew to make an emergency land
there is a great desire for change. >> reporter: khan's key difference is his policy for the united states. he has favored keeping the good relationship with the u.s. and important incentive. and governments have by and large turned a blind eye to u.s. drone attacks. but public anger over civilian casualties is growing. anti-u.s. sentiment is on the rise. khan says pakistan has suffered enough during the past decade. it resonates with voters. >> translator: let's withdraw from the meaningless war led by america. what we need is a new policy. >> when you do a bomb attack on a village through artillery or helicopter or drones, it kills innocent people and when you have innocent -- when people lose family members, these people are warriors. they pick up a gun and they become militants. this war has created more extremism. today there is more extremism than ever in pakistan. >> reporter: khan has lend support to u.n.-led positions. hideki, nhk world, islamabad. >>> south korea has been in news for its dance music. there's also a dark side. south korea has the highest suicide rate. elderly people age 6
for control of an air base in the capital damascus. at least 30 people were killed. united nations officials say now more than 60,000 have been killed since the uprising began in march 2011. >>> power e lelectric crews nee to remove hundreds of spent fuel rods. it's a process that's expected to take 40 years. >> translator: the state of emgency is over and we're now in a transition phase with efforts focused on decommissioning. the government will do all it can to help speed up this process. >> during the initial decommissioning phases tepco workers are need to remove the spent fuel. the first part will begin this year. they plan to start in mid-november and complete the process in december 2014, a year earlier than initially scheduled. they want to remove the rods as soon as possible because of concerns about the storage pools quake resistance. high radiation levels will make it difficult to proceed. workers have faced other challenges. last september they accidentally dropped a 470 kilogram into reactor three spent fuel storage pool. that set them back nearly three months. it will be harde
. investigators to the united states to study fbi counter measures against cyber crimes. >>> japanese prosecutors have questioned two former executives of tokyo electric power company about the 2011 accident at the fukushima power plant. prosecutors are believed to have asked them what plans tepco made and pressed on the power supplier's prediction of the likelihood of a disaster of that magnitude. they are accusing both the government and tepco management of professional negligent resulting in death and injury. prosecutors are likely to face major challenges pursing their case. legal experts say it could be difficult to hold individuals criminally responsible for the accident. itay be cessy to prove the dister was predictable and to detail the health impact of the radiation it released. >>> thousands of people waiting to go home. tons of debris waiting for disposal. vast tracts of land waiting to be restored. overcoming the challenges of japan's 2011 disaster won't be easy. but step by step, people are moving forward. find out how on "the road ahead" every wednesday at 1:00 p.m. japan time, righ
. the japanese are expected to contribute $100 million in aid for refugees. >>> a senior united nations official says the needs of millions of syrians are growing as their country's civil war rages on. john ging says the u.n. will ask governments at upcoming donor conference to raise $1.5 billion in aid. >> the 400 million people in need within syria, we also have a plan to respond to the refugees which now number over 650,000 in the neighboring countries. and that plan is costing $1 billion. >> ging spoke in new york after a mission to syria. he said the u.n. will make the request for aid after the donor conference in kuwait. he says the civil war has damaged infrastructure such as water, electricity and roads. he noticed people are in desperate need for food and medical supplies. he said relief goods are not reaching people who have fled to northern syria. ging demanded syrian leaders allow u.n. officials to enter the country from turkey. >>> emergency crews are on the ground in southern kazakhstan following a plane crash. russia's interfax news agency says the aircraft with about 20 people on
the steepest decline last month. they say 6.5 million units were shipped in 2012. that's down 67% from the year before. it was the second straight year-on-year decline. many japanese consumers bought flat screen tvs ahead of the switch over to digital broadcasting. sales have declined since then, leading to a drop if shipments. they say tv makers must develop new features or services to stimulate fresh demand. >>> that is going to wrap it up for biz tonight. let's check in now on the markets. >>> u.s. diplomats are trying to punish north korea for firing off a rocket last month. they presented a draft resolution to u.n. security council aimed at tightening existing sanctions. the draft contains -- condemns the launch as a missile test that violated security council resolutions and also urges north koreans to end their nuclear development program. the draft lists additional sanction targets. they include individuals and government organizations such as the space agency american diplomats work with their counterparts from japan and south korea for new sanctions but chinese officials pushed back.
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